It’s been a few days since our inaugural tittle-tattle round-up thingy so we figured we’d cast a cynical eye over some of the latest rumours doing the rounds.
As we explained last week, the ongoing Covid-19 situation means all clubs will have to swallow significant financial losses so we’re not hugely enthused by talk of big-money deals. Nobody even knows when the transfer window is going to open. That said, revamping squads is part of the game and comings and goings will happen one way or another at some point.
Le 10 Sport claims the Barcelona midfielder will not make his season-long loan at Bayern Munich permanent which means he’s now the lookout for another club. Represented by Kia Joorabchian, it was inevitable that we’d be linked. The Brazil international proved his Premier League pedigree at Liverpool but having moved to the Nou Camp for £142 million it seems hard to believe his price or wages will have dropped anywhere near enough for him to be affordable.
Poo-o-meter: Were it not for the mention of Joorabchian this would be horribly running.
The 27-year-old stropped his way to Juventus on a free last summer but is apparently so miffed at having a coronavirus wage cut imposed on him that he’s ready to quit Italy. A £27 million fee has been mentioned.
Poo-o-meter: We’ve got enough curly-haired Gallic indignation in midfield already…and somebody should mention we’re quite good at player pay cuts ourselves.
The 32-year-old Liverpool and England midfielder will be available on a free this summer. Cue links with pretty much everybody.
Poo-o-meter: Patchy form. Patchy injury-history. Patchy beard.
Having covered this as a standalone story, we’ll keep this brief. Our captain hasn’t agreed a contract extension, he’ll be entering the final year of his deal soon, several clubs sniff a chance to snap him up for a decent price this summer. PSG are now one of those clubs.
Poo-o-meter: If he leaves, it’ll be for a big club with big money. Not impossible.
We know Roma want to keep the midfielder and have the option to buy him. We know Mkhitaryan wants to stay in the Italian capital. We know Arsenal are happy to get him off the books. It should be easy. Except according to Il Tempo, the Italians preference is to extend the loan deal for another season before committing to a purchase. We can’t commit to that because at the end of a year-long extension, Micki would be able to leave the club for free. The solution? Arsenal extend his contract by a year to facilitate the situation. The problem? Well it’s just a load of fiddly bollocks really, isn’t it?
Poo-o-meter: Just buy him now and hurry up about it.
Milan want to throw €10 million at us for the centre-back. Cool. Thanks.
Poo-o-meter: We can’t say we’d complain but we’re not sure there’s any truth in it.